News - February 15, 2022

INCOMPAS: Competition Comes to the Condo! FCC’s MTE Action a Win for Families and Broadband Deployment

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 15, 2022) – Today, the FCC unanimously approved rules to open apartment buildings, condominium complexes, affordable housing and commercial properties to broadband competition and end monopoly practices that have blocked competitive providers offering lower prices and new, faster networks from reaching millions of Americans living and working in multiple tenant environments (MTEs). 

INCOMPAS, the internet and competitive networks association, which has championed this proceeding since 2017, praised the decision. 

Chip Pickering, CEO of INCOMPAS, released the following statement:

“Finally, competition comes to the condo. I feel like we just knocked down an old monopoly skyscraper at the FCC.”

“Introducing more broadband choice will unlock lower prices, faster speeds and better customer service for tens of millions of Americans living in apartment buildings and other multi-tenant environments. By ending broadband monopolies in buildings and enabling greater competition, we can kickstart a deployment revolution for fiber and faster speed services that cost less and deliver more to one third of American families living, working and studying from an apartment they call home. 

“INCOMPAS has fought this battle for the last half decade, and we would like to thank the bipartisan leaders who helped make it happen including President Joe Biden, FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel and commissioners Brendan Carr, Nathan Simington and Geoffery Starks. We would also like to thank former Chairman Ajit Pai who made this item an important component of his broadband strategy. We are eager to review the details, and will continue to fight for improvements that prevent monopoly tactics that block new competition from knocking on the door. 

To WATCH FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel’s MTE speech at the 2022 INCOMPAS Policy Summit click here.

To WATCH former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s message extolling INCOMPAS’ support for broadband choice in MTEs, click here